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Microsoft Bucks Trend as Sales Defy Expectations – Wall Street Journal


Wall Street Journal

Microsoft Bucks Trend as Sales Defy Expectations
Wall Street Journal
Microsoft Corp. may not be cool, but its sales continue to defy expectations by growing at a much faster clip than those of its business-technology peers. By. Shira Ovide. Shira Ovide. The Wall Street Journal. CANCEL. BiographyShira Ovide · Shira.Ovide@wsj.
Microsoft's Sales Increase, Helped by Its Acquisition of Nokia, and Investors NoticeNew York Times
First non-Nokia Lumia on the way as Microsoft details mobile rebrandZDNet
Tilting At Space Needles: Amazon, Microsoft's Quests To Sell Mobile Devices Forbes
Computerworld -CNET -Reuters
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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 12:24 pm

The ‘Backoff’ malware used in retail data breaches is spreading – PCWorld


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The 'Backoff' malware used in retail data breaches is spreading
PCWorld
The number of computers in North America infected by the Backoff malware, which is blamed for a string of payment card breaches, has risen sharply, according to research from network security company Damballa. The company detected a 57 percent …
Point of sale malware infections show sharp riseBetaNews
'Tis the season for hackers to attack retailersCNBC
Q3 State of Infections Report Reveals 57% Increase in Backoff Malware from Broadway World

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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 11:40 am

Queen Elizabeth II sends out her first tweet – CTV News


CTV News

Queen Elizabeth II sends out her first tweet
CTV News
LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet — and she's signed it "Elizabeth R." The 88-year-old monarch tried her hand at Twitter as she opened a new gallery in central London's Science Museum Friday. The queen removed a glove to type on a …
Queen Elizabeth sends first tweetiAfrica.com

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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 11:35 am

NASA Observatory Captures Largest Sunspot In More Than 20 Years – International Business Times


International Business Times

NASA Observatory Captures Largest Sunspot In More Than 20 Years
International Business Times
A gigantic sunspot – almost 80,000 miles across –can be seen on the lower center of the sun in this image from NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory captured on Oct. 23, 2014. This active region is the largest of the current solar cycle. NASA/SDO. NASA's Solar …
The Largest Sunspot in Decades Is Spitting Solar Flares at EarthTIME
Monster sunspot eleven times the size of Earth could be biggest in 25 yearsCheddar Valley Gazette
AR 2192: Giant on the SunSpace Fellowship
Discovery News -The Space Reporter -Space.com
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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 11:04 am

Gmail’s Inbox app puts the fun back in e-mail – TechCentral


TechCentral

Gmail's Inbox app puts the fun back in e-mail
TechCentral
Gmail's Inbox is a new take on e-mail apps that Google hopes will allow users to master their inboxes. It's a great idea, but it's not ready for business users. By Regardt van der Berg. Added by Regardt van der Berg on 24 October 2014. Saved under Opinion …
With Inbox, Google dares to be differentCNET
How Google's New 'Inbox' Product for Gmail Could Change Email ForeverABC News
VIDEO: Google Inbox Tries to Get Email Under ControlPC Magazine
Newsday -Ubergizmo -Wall Street Journal (blog)
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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 10:20 am

Facebook’s Rooms anonymous chat app arrives to challenge Secret and Whisper – Inquirer


Inquirer

Facebook's Rooms anonymous chat app arrives to challenge Secret and Whisper
Inquirer
Facebook launches anonymous chat room app FACEBOOK HAS JOINED the realms of anonymous social networking with an iOS app that allows people to chat using a pseudonym. Following in the footsteps of apps such as Secret and Whisper, Facebook …
Facebook re-invents the 1990s chat room with Rooms iPhone appThe Guardian
Facebook introduces Rooms appAtlanta Journal Constitution
Facebook Launches New App for Anonymous UsersABC News
TODAYonline -The Independent -Business Standard
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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 10:07 am

EU agrees to cut emissions by 40% by 2030 – Fortune


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EU agrees to cut emissions by 40% by 2030
Fortune
European Union leaders patched over their differences to agree new long-term targets for emissions of greenhouse gases. At a summit meeting that dragged on until the early hours of Friday morning, heads of government from the E.U.'s 28 member states …
European Union reaches consensus on climate change targetsFinancial Express
EU Leaders Agree to Long-Term Energy, Climate Change TargetsWall Street Journal
EU strikes compromise to set new climate targetReuters
SFGate -The Guardian -The Economist (blog)
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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 9:49 am

Genomic data support early contact between Easter Island and Americas – HeritageDaily


HeritageDaily

Genomic data support early contact between Easter Island and Americas
HeritageDaily
It is possible people may have been making the trip from Easter Island to the Americas a long time before the Dutch commander Jakob Roggeveen arrived with his ships in 1722, according to new genomic evidence demonstrating that the Rapanui people …
Surprising connection between Easter Islanders and Native Americans revealed Tech Times
Surprising new details surface on ancient inhabitants of Easter IslandDaily Digest
Easter Island's ancient inhabitants weren't so lonely after allThe Japan Times
Headlines & Global News
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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 9:25 am

China launches experimental moon orbiter – Washington Post


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China launches experimental moon orbiter
Washington Post
BEIJING — China launched an experimental spacecraft on Friday to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface. The eight-day program is a test run for a 2017 mission that aims to have a …
China's Latest Space Launch Is Next Step in Lunar AmbitionsNew York Times (blog)
China Successfully Launches Mission to Moon and BackTIME
China's eight-day mission to fly around the moon and back to Earth blasts offDaily Mail
ABC Online
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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 7:12 am

Friday Poll: How do you like Apple Pay so far? – CNET


CNET

Friday Poll: How do you like Apple Pay so far?
CNET
Apple Pay has arrived and Touch ID-device owners have had a shot at trying it out. Let us know if you're loving it, hating it or feeling totally indifferent. by Amanda Kooser · @akooser; October 23, 2014 11:00 PM PDT. comments. 0. facebook. twitter. linkedin.
Rite Aid Dumps Apple PayPYMNTS.com
Amazon Visa Card to Accept Apple PayBreitbart News
BofA Customers Double-Charged in Apple Pay SnafuBloomberg
Apple Insider -The Seattle Times -MarketWatch
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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 6:36 am

Tech News Headlines – Yahoo News

Apple CEO says had ‘very open’ privacy talks in China: Xinhua

Apple CEO Tim Cook gestures as he speaks at Tsinghua University in BeijingBEIJING (Reuters) – Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook was quoted on Friday as saying he had "very open" talks on privacy and security with a senior Chinese official, days after a web monitoring group linked the government to a hack into Apple's iCloud service in China. Cook's remarks, made in an interview to the official Xinhua news agency, were his first public comments since meeting Vice Premier Ma Kai in Beijing on Wednesday. Cook's China visit has been overshadowed by a report by web monitoring group Greatfire. …

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 9:42 am

Microsoft sales beat Street hopes, cloud profits up

Microsoft CEO Nadella speaks during a Microsoft cloud briefing event in San FranciscoBy Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue, helped by stronger sales of its phones, Surface tablets and cloud-computing products for companies, while keeping its profit margins largely intact. The results on Thursday allayed fears of investors in recent days that the industry shift toward lower-margin cloud services was proving hard for established technology leaders to master. Microsoft shares, which have climbed 33 percent over the past year, rose another 3 percent in after-hours trading to $46.36. …

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 11:17 pm

Amazon’s holiday-quarter forecast disappoints, shares dive

A worker walks past Amazon Fresh delivery vans parked at an Amazon Fresh warehouse in InglewoodBy Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc's sales projections for the crucial holiday quarter disappointed Wall Street and third-quarter results missed forecasts, sending the online retailer's shares 9 percent lower on Thursday. After an unusually busy first half of the year that saw the online retailer spend on developing everything from mobile phones and Hollywood-style production to grocery deliveries, investors were ready to see it curtail its ambitions and start delivering sustainable profits. …

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 10:03 pm

China Telecom, Unicom to build content delivery firm: Chinese paper

(Reuters) – China Telecom Corp Ltd and China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd could soon jointly invest in a new content delivery network (CDN) company that would speed up Chinese users’ Internet access, a Chinese paper reported on Friday. The proposed firm would be run by China Telecom’s cloud computing subsidiary, according to a 21st Century Business Herald report citing an unnamed senior China Telecom employee. Rumors of a CDN joint venture between the country’s second- and third-largest carriers have existed for more than year. Telecom and Unicom did not immediately respond to requests for comment. …

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 5:23 am

Google bolsters artificial intelligence efforts, partners with Oxford

Google signage seen at the company's offices in New YorkBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc is expanding its artificial intelligence initiative, hiring more than half a dozen leading academics and experts in the field and announcing a partnership with Oxford University to "accelerate" its efforts. Google will make a "substantial contribution" to establish a research partnership with Oxford's computer science and engineering departments, the company said on Thursday regarding its work to develop the intelligence of machines and software, often to emulate human-like intelligence. …

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 4:40 pm

Apple ponders sapphire options, leaves door open for GT

The Apple logo is lit on the first day of sale for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, in Sydney(Reuters) – Apple Inc said on Thursday it is studying options for sapphire supply and might work again with GT Advanced Technologies Inc if the distressed supplier can reduce production costs for the scratch-resistant material. GT, a former stock market darling and supplier to Apple, filed for bankruptcy on Oct 6 in a stunning turn of events for a company whose fortunes looked bright only a few months ago. Apple said on Thursday that GT's "ambitious" vision of sapphire manufacturing was ultimately not quite ready for primetime. …

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 6:08 pm

Cloning whistleblower: Little changed in S. Korea

In this Sept. 5, 2014 photo, Ryu Young-joon speaks during an interview at Kangwon National University Hospital in Cuncheon, South Korea. Ryu, the whistle-blower who exposed breakthrough cloning research as a devastating fake says South Korea is still dominated by the values that allowed science fraudster Hwang Woo-suk to become an almost untouchable national hero. (AP Photo/Joyce Lee)CHUNCHEON, South Korea (AP) — The whistleblower who exposed breakthrough cloning research as a devastating fake says South Korea is still dominated by the values that allowed science fraudster Hwang Woo-suk to become an almost untouchable national hero.

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 12:31 pm

Why did Apple email porn to this man?

Why did Apple email porn to this man?Apple’s stance on porn in iOS apps is well-known, and such in-app content is likely to get an application rejected from the App Store until the developer addresses it. Even facilitating access to porn may be a good reason for Apple to prevent an application from reaching the App Store. In fact, a developer of one app that could offer users a way to access adult content has been contacted by Apple on the matter in an unexpected, explicit, and shocking way. FROM EARLIER: Why Apple Pay is ‘more safe and secure than using your credit card’ “It was a typical Monday morning,” Carl Smith said on Medium. “Cup of coffee and catching up with the team when I saw this snippet of a

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 12:30 pm

The Queen sends her first tweet

Britain's Queen Elizabeth takes her seat in a State Carriage for the carriage procession to Buckingham Palace in LondonLONDON (Reuters) – The Queen made her first foray into the world of social media on Friday when she sent out her inaugural message on Twitter. "It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @sciencemuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R," the 88-year-old monarch tweeted at the opening of a new gallery at London's Science Museum. The message, sent at 10.35 GMT (11.35 a.m. BST) , had already been re-tweeted more than 4,000 times less than 45 minutes later. …

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 12:14 pm

YouView boxes finally granted the BBC’s new iPlayer and red button features

YouView boxes finally granted the BBC's new iPlayer and red button features

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 12:13 pm